19 November 1995. 26 years ago, 17-year-old Gianluigi Buffon made his Serie A debut for Parma and kept a clean sheet as the Crociati drew 0-0 with Capello’s AC Milan.
It was the beginning of a legend, with Buffon going on to enjoy a wonderful career. Despite his young age, he played a key role in Parma’s trophy wins at the end of the 1990s, while he then became a World Champion in Germany in 2006. In addition to getting his hands on numerous pieces of silverware in Italy, he also had a short but successful spell in France.
Destiny had it that he’d return to the Crociati, and that is exactly what he did before the start of the current campaign.
For the anniversary of Gigi Buffon’s debut, Parma Calcio 1913 and Errea Sport decided to pay tribute to the goalkeeper through the creation of a commemorative shirt, giving the jersey worn by him in Parma v AC Milan a modern twist.
The shirt contains three special details, with a reference to the ’90s being clearly visible. First, there are red stripes on a white background on the shoulders, from which a black panel runs to the middle. Below this, a second white and red glitch-style pattern begins.
The same colours are repeated on the front of the shirt – white on the upper part and red below – which join together in the middle to create a third and final dotted effect.
The collar, meanwhile, is an unusual shape – a combination of a round neck design and one which is typically used for polo shirts.
Furthermore, “1995-2021” has been inscribed, which is another particularly interesting feature.
The special jersey will be worn by Buffon during Parma vs. Cosenza on Sunday 21 November 2021.